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Russian lawmakers seek to nullify Soviet transfer of Crimea to Ukraine

Moscow, Russia Reuters Russian lawmakers have submitted a draft bill to the State Duma that would rewrite a chapter of history by nullifying the Soviet decision in 1954 to transfer Crimea from Russia to Ukraine. The move appears aimed at establishing a legal basis for Russia to argue that Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula which […]

South Korea opens hotline to support doctors defying walkout

Seoul, South Korea Reuters South Korea’s government opened a hotline for doctors on Tuesday that the health minister said was intended to support physicians who faced harassment or peer pressure if they chose not to join a mass walkout over healthcare reform plans. Health Minister Cho Kyoo-hong defended the reforms, which include boosting the number […]

Haitian PM tenders resignation after Jamaica talks

Kingston, Jamaica Reuters Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned as head of the Caribbean nation, the leader of a regional body said on Monday, an unelected role the 74-year-old neurosurgeon has held since the 2021 assassination of the country’s last president. “We acknowledge his resignation upon the establishment of transitional presidential council and naming […]

Pakistanis feed predatory birds despite crackdown on practice

Lahore, Pakistan Reuters Shabnam, a young woman in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, sells small packets of scrap meat to passersby to feed predatory birds, despite a recent crackdown on the practice which many people do as an offering to ward off adversity. The tradition of tossing offerings off a bridge – which are […]

Russia responsible for Navalny’s death, UN rights expert says

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters The UN human rights expert on Russia said on Monday that the death of opposition politician Alexei Navalny was Moscow’s responsibility as he was either killed in prison or died from detention conditions that amounted to torture. Russian authorities say Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic, died on 16th February in […]

Trump won’t give money to Ukraine if elected, says Hungary’s Orban

Budapest, Hungary Reuters Former US leader Donald Trump will not give money to help Ukraine fight Russia if he wins the presidency again and that will hasten an end to the war, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said after meeting him. Nationalist premier Orban, who is backing his long-time ally’s bid to return to White […]

India implements citizenship law opposed by Muslims before election

New Delhi, India Reuters India moved on Monday to implement a 2019 citizenship law that has been criticised as discriminating against Muslims, weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks a rare third term for his Hindu nationalist government. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) grants Indian nationality to Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians who […]

US pledges $US100 million more for Haiti security mission at Jamaica talks

Kingston, Jamaica Reuters US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday the United States would contribute an additional $US100 million to a United Nations-backed multinational security force intended to help Haitian police fight gangs and $US33 million in humanitarian aid. This brings the proposed US contribution to the force to $US300 million. US Secretary […]